Jay Z Disses YouTube, Spotify, Apple, Google & Steve Jobs In One Freestyle…

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I’m never gonna go with the flow
I’m never gonna let nobody take over our music
I see sh-t you may not see
Everybody in here gets it today
The people outside will get it tomorrow

This TIDAL thing is all about the music
We gonna preserve the music
We ain’t gonna let anybody take our music
We ain’t gonna let nobody offer our music up
Do what the f–k they want to do

I don’t take no checks I take my respect
Pharrell even told me go with the safest bet
Jimmy Iovine offered a safety net
Google dangled around a crazy check
I feel like YouTube was the biggest culprit
Them n**gas pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get
You know n**gas died for equal pay, right?
You know when I work I ain’t your slave, right?

You know I’m ain’t shucking and jivin’ and high five-in’
You know this ain’t back in the days, right?

Well I can’t tell how the way they killed Freddy Gray, right?
Shot down Mike Brown how they did Trey, right?
Let ‘em continue choking n**gas
We gonna turn style I ain’t ya token n**ga

You know I came in this game independent, right?
TIDAL, my own label, same difference
Oh n**gas is skeptical when it’s they own shit
You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich
Phil Knight is worth trillions, you still bought those kicks
Spotify’s nine billion, they ain’t say shit
Lucy you got some splaynin’ to do!
The only one they hatin’ on look the same as you

That’s cool I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you
Spendin’ millions on media tryin’ to confuse you
I had to talk to myself, ‘Hov you used to it’
It’s politics as usual
You know how we do!


The full concert video is here.

34 Responses

  1. Tcooke

    Hahaha white boy from stanford, this not is a dis.. chuckle. Thank you for posting though. Jay z!!

    • I'm a Philosopher

      Ha, Paulie is the whitest Jew on the block! Too bad he lost $18mm on his little Belize telco.

      • Anonymous


        What’s that? A new film format?

  2. Dan

    Comparing tech companies with the killing of unarmed black men? Classy Jay-Z.

    • Name2

      I thought this was a parody by Paul “Spotify is just like George Wallace” Resnikoff.

      If Jay-Z actually did go there himself – invoking the names of murdered men and boys to yap about his business model – then fuck him, but I’ll believe that when I see it for myself.

      My Money’s on Resnikoff – he aches on a weekly basis to use the “N’ word.

  3. jw

    There’s so much complaining around here about Google listing piracy sites in search results… providing direct links to pirated content. How is linking to the YouTube upload of the Jay Z concert any different?

    • Anonymous

      since there’s recordings of Jay performing this, it’s technically copyrighted so Paul would also have to get a license to reprint the lyrics if i am not mistaken.

      awareness of hypocrisy has never been on of dmns strong points.

      • Anonymous

        “it’s technically copyrighted”

        It’s not only ‘technically’ copyrighted; it’s copyrighted in every possible sense of the word.

        So this is indeed piracy — if the lyrics are complete.

        • Paul Resnikoff

          This is an interesting point, though I think all of you are wrong. Is this a commentary, or freestyle? If an executive decides to describe his business using a limerick instead of straight conversation, is one copyrighted and not the other? Mostly I think this is straight fair use, it illustrates an opinion that is highly relevant and material to the topic matters at hand that Digital Music News covers and that the audience needs to know.

          • Anonymous

            “If an executive decides to describe his business using a limerick instead of straight conversation, is one copyrighted and not the other?”

            Good point. I’m a natural born copyright Nazi, but I think you’re right.

            It would probably be OK to publish the lyrics to that other major song from the past 24 hours, I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, for similar reasons…

          • Me2

            Agreed. Criticism, commentary and news reporting are all good reasons for a fair use argument.

          • Anonymous

            Well — yes and no.

            Paul explains why he can get away with this: You can’t tell if this is a song or a press release. And that’s why the other song I mentioned would be fair game, too.

            But you can’t publish full lyrics to any other songs without permission from the owner, unless they are Public Domain.

          • Me2

            The portion of the work used is one of four factors considered in a fair use defense.
            Press releases as far as I can figure would also be copyrighted content.

          • jw

            I think reproducing the lyrics is fair use, & for the record I don’t have a problem with the video being linked to. But it’s ballsy to call out Google for linking to pirated material when you’re doing the same thing. The key difference is that Google’s bots don’t really know the context of the media & can’t easily make that distinction, whereas you are knowingly & willfully linking directly to pirated material.

            What’s the difference between DMN linking to full, pirated, HD video copies of copyrighted, Tidal-exclusive concert footage, versus, for instance, mp3skull.com linking to mp3s they find on the internet?

            As a side note, I wonder if Tidal is uploading their live videos to ContentID, or whether they believe that the YouTube uploads are helping to market the brand. (If they’re taking that stance, it’s total hypocrisy & it’s a cheap shot at folks who are signing up for Tidal for the exclusive content.) I realize that live streamed content presents certain difficulties when it comes to monitoring mirrored uploads, but it should be easy to keep that stuff off of YouTube days later.

    • Name2

      Look on the bright side. DMN has actually stopped EMBEDDING pirated shit.

  4. There is something...

    Jay Z is cute… So he spit on Apple and Google but how do he expects his fans to listen to Tidal without iPhones or Android phones ? He should put his money where is mouth is and remove Tidal from the Apple Store and Google Play, then he can start to have some credibility…

    • Anonymous

      You’re forgetting that Jay Z works for Samsung.

    • GGG

      I think his point was less about being against those companies and more about the Tidal launch backlash of “look at these rich people asking for more money.” Jobs, Knight, etc are all rich yet people still buy all their new shit in droves the second it comes out, so why was his wealth an issue

      Now obviously that’s not an apples to apples comparison, but he’s got a point to a degree.

      • There is something...

        But Apple or Samsung never say that when they release a new product, it will help someone “cause”.
        That’s the difference. They don’t try to make themselves look like they don’t do it for the money.

        • Anonymous

          “They don’t try to make themselves look like they don’t do it for the money”

          Nooo, Apple would NEVER do that.

      • Paul Resnikoff

        How does Jay Z want it, anyway? So, Steve Jobs was a billionaire, but never flaunted his money beyond designer turtlenecks. Jay Z on the other hand represents an extreme in opulence and flaunting wealth. Then, he has a problem when society backlashes against that? Remember, materialism and minimalism are real things, and major shifts in the way that people view opulence and material excess. There’s a reason why Tim Cook is giving away everything; he’s not alone in eschewing mega-rich lifestyles and endless stuff. It’s out of style, maybe Jay Z needs to wake up and smell the discount coffee.

        • GGG

          Oh, I agree with you, I was just saying that was his point, not that he was shitting on those companies per se. But yea, I agree there’s a huge difference.

  5. Irving Mindreader

    “Never talk shit about a gold record.” – Quincy Jones

    Same rule applies. Jay hasn’t proven anything in this space and shouldn’t be throwing stones at market leaders.

    • Anonymous

      “Same rule applies”

      No. Here’s what you’re saying: “Never talk shit about has-beens who used to make gold records.”

      And that doesn’t make sense.

  6. And MJ was an abuser.

    See “shit”? Like a bunch of old bellydancers, thinking their music can change the world. Into what? Bellydancer-level “art”?

    Their service btw, is not supporting independent artists in any large degree, from my experience with them. That would be the biggest “shit” and control I see.

    And how many of those people on the Tidal artists video, are on totemic drugs. You are not going to get “establishment” from totemic jungle mindsets. That is probably the landing place, just after the bellydancer Tidal phase. And really a changing paradigm of the whole music industry if they can´t make a general service of quality enough.

  7. someguy

    Oh, so the pot IS calling the kettle black….

  8. Jeff

    Isn’t Tidal really owned and controlled by LIVE NATION, not Jay Z? How is this any better than one of the major labels owning a streaming service?

  9. ridiculous

    Jay z is ridiculous, exploiting the deaths of young men; trying to draw a line that connects those atrocities and his record label….big difference between price tags on music and human lives(or atleast for me) People expect billionaires selling iphones to be greedy fucks, they(well at least i) hold artists to a higher standard, especially ones that didnt grow up wealthy, but when you put a price tag on your music and try to make it exclusive the only people that dont get to hear it are those that cant afford it; everyone should have access to art, not just those who can afford it. I thought the goal was to inspire EVERYONE.